1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.4For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,”2he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”3But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!”4Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”5So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah.6(Now Abiathar son of Ahimelek had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)
7Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.”8And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.9When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.”10David said, “LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me.11Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will.”12Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will.”13So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.14David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.15While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life.16And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.17“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.”18The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.19The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon?20Now, Your Majesty, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for giving him into your hands.”21Saul replied, “The LORD bless you for your concern for me.22Go and get more information. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty.23Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information. Then I will go with you; if he is in the area, I will track him down among all the clans of Judah.”24So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.25Saul and his men began the search, and when David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Desert of Maon. When Saul heard this, he went into the Desert of Maon in pursuit of David.26Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them,27a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.”28Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.29And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi.
1After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.”2So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.3He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.4The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.5Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.6He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.”7With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.8Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.9He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’?10This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the LORD’s anointed.’11See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.12May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.13As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.14“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?15May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”16When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud.17“You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.18You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me.19When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today.20I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.21Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”22So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.
1May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—2so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.3May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.4May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.5May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.6The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.7May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.